Women’s Senior International Challenge match
Ireland 4 (Audrey O’Flynn 2, Sinead McCarthy, Chloe Watkins) Wales 0
Eight new caps helped Ireland start their preparations for the Champions Challenge I in earnest as they wiped out a similarly new-look Wales – who fielded seven first timers – in the first of three games this weekend at Belfield.
Sinead McCarthy netted on her return to the side with a dipping penalty corner strike in the fourth minute from Anna O’Flanagan’s good build-up work. Audrey O’Flynn whipped home drag-flicks either side of half-time to extend the lead to 3-0.
Chloe Watkins finished off the run from close range in the closing stages to close out the 4-0 with Grace O’Flanagan and Sammy-Jo Greer sharing a clean-sheet on debut.
They were joined in the line-up by Naomi Carroll, Ali Meeke, Sarah Greene, Nicola Gray, Leah Ewart and Katie Mullan who all made their first appearances in a senior international jersey.
Ireland: Grace O’Flanagan (Railway Union) , Sammy-Jo Greer (Ballymoney) , Niamh Atcheler (UCD) , Sinead McCarthy (Hermes), Audrey O’Flynn (Hermes), Michelle Harvey (Pegasus) , Sarah Greene (UCD) , Nicola Gray (UCD) , Chloe Watkins (UCD) , Leah Ewart (UCD) , Ali Meeke (Loreto) , Alex Speers (Railway Union), Katie Mullan (UCD) , Lisa Jacob (Hermes) , Anna O’Flanagan (UCD) , Miriam Crowley (UCC) , Naomi Carroll (Catholic Institute) , Nikki Evans (Railway Union)
Saturday, August 25: Ireland v Wales, 2.30pm, Belfield
Sunday, August 26: Ireland v Wales, 12pm, Belfield